Dear Maumee Valley,

Congratulations, Maumee Valley Community on finishing the year! The end of each school year is replete with celebration, and even in the midst of struggle and hardship, we have much to celebrate. 

First, to the parents and students who have participated in remote learning, you made it! Thank you for your partnership and patience as we navigated remote learning. 

On Tuesday night, we celebrated the graduation of our senior class. It was wonderful to come together as a socially distanced community at the Sundance Drive-In Theater. We wish the amazing class of 2020 well as they head to gap years, the military, and college next year. They have truly left a legacy of leadership, stewardship, and compassion for our community.  On Wednesday night, we celebrated the moving up of our eighth grade students; we look forward to welcoming them to the Upper School next fall! 

I would like to share and honor the recipients of our end-of-year faculty and staff awards. Each awardee has helped to define our community and lead us further on the path to excellence. 

The Larry Anning Award for Staff Excellence is presented annually to a staff member who has worked at Maumee Valley for at least five years. The recipient is chosen by committee following a nomination process.  The recipient personifies the highest ideals of personal integrity, professionalism, excellence, and treats all members of the community with courtesy, kindness, and respect. The person chosen embodies the mission and vision of the school. For her dedication to all things Maumee Valley, calm in the face of a storm, creativity, commitment, diligence, and professionalism, this year’s recipient is Melissa Kuhl

The Alumni Centennial Award for Faculty Excellence is presented annually to a faculty member who has worked at Maumee Valley Country Day School for at least five years, embodies and demonstrates the ideals of the teaching profession and of the Maumee Valley community, is outstanding in the classroom, is a constructive faculty leader, and contributes in ways outside of the classroom. For her excellence in teaching, compassionate care of our students, and passionate leadership of the ELC Forest School program, the faculty excellence award recipient is Christine Marker. 

The Virginia Secor Stranahan ‘22 Chair in the Humanities is a four-year award that honors a teacher and encourages professional development. The chair allows the pursuit of enriching opportunities for study, travel, or other projects that will enhance one’s professional contributions to the Maumee Valley community. Highly skilled in pedagogy and gifted in awakening the intellectual curiosity in students, a builder of community, and a ceaseless advocate for students,  Rollie Barnes is this year’s recipient. 

As we plan for next year, I will keep you updated on our process. You can expect continued communication from me throughout the summer. I will share an update on June 19th regarding our task force planning for reopening.  Our division heads would appreciate you once again taking the survey to share your experience on remote learning so that if we have periods of remote learning next year, we can make sure that we are thoughtful planning and continuing to improve. The surveys will remain open through June 12th.

Have a wonderful summer!

Lynn D. Casto
Head of School



School Resources

Volunteer of the Year Award
It is with deep appreciation and gratitude that we celebrate Leanne Leong-Fern as our Volunteer of the Year. We are blessed with so many amazing volunteers in all phases of our school community, and it is always challenging to select just one to be recognized. However, Leanne's exceptional service to our school made it somewhat easier. She has dutifully and selflessly guided, cajoled, inspired, and led the Upper School MVPA. Her leadership led to the creation of the US student and faculty surprise coffee, the parent coffee's focusing on course selecting and scheduling, and she was essential to the successful on-boarding of our new US Division Head, Molly Macek. 
Here are excerpts from her numerous nominations:
"With her polite and thoughtful ways, she has been able to help each of those Heads navigate new issues and territory.  She has taken on the task of welcoming them and helping them become accustomed to traditions and community norms.  She takes her duties very seriously--always setting up for meetings, baking treats, getting the coffee going when others just expect that "someone else will do it." Leanne is THE quintessential "someone else" who is doing it!  She does everything with her calm and amiable presence."
" Leanne loves the Maumee Valley community.  She is a champion for the school in her dignified and humble ways.  She would never want to be singled out, but she definitely deserves to be." 
"When I was co-president of the MVPA, the Upper School involvement with the MVPA was very limited; I just assumed that it was because people were separating from their kids a bit and giving them more autonomy. As it turns out, Leanne has shown us by her dogged leadership all of the ways that we can be helpful to the Upper School students, parents, faculty, and staff. Give that woman a medal!"
Well, we don't have a medal to give, but we are thrilled to recognize Leanne Leong-Fern as our Volunteer of the Year! Thank you, Leanne, for all that you have done for Maumee Valley.
Materials Drop Off and Pick Up 
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our pick up and drop off days this week. It was lovely seeing you in person. We will have one final opportunity for you to drop off borrowed school materials and pick up your children’s personal belongings. Tuesday, June 9th from 4:00-6:00 pm come directly to door 5 at the Smead building. If this scheduled time does not work for your family, then please contact your division head (Michelle Thomas for grades Prekindergarten to 2nd grade, Erik Graham for 3rd to 8th grade, and Molly Macek for grades 9th to 12th). All items remaining on campus after Friday, June 19th will be donated.         

Thank you to everyone that returned their borrowed Chromebooks and chargers this week. There is one final opportunity to drop off at Door 5 of the Smead building on Tuesday, June 9th from 4:00-6:00 pm. After June 9th, the cost of replacing Chromebooks and chargers that have not been returned will be charged to your tuition account. Have a great summer and take time to unplug and get outside!

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